Telemedicine… What is it?

Telemedicine is the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology.

So, what exactly is Telecommunications Technology? According to the American Telemedicine Association, telecommunications can include internet, wireless, satellite, and telephone media.

 

 

 

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Telemedicine at FPTS

Why are we talking about this, and why are we offering it at Family Physical Therapy Services? Simply put, because access to physical therapy care is becoming harder and harder. Costs are rising and access to care is more difficult because of busy schedules, geographical barriers, or mobility issues. We’ve been witnessing first hand a steady decline in a patient’s ability to receive physical therapy, results in prolonged disability associated with injuries and poorer outcomes following rehabilitation or surgery.

Benefits

Because our practice was built on providing the best services that we can to our patients, we felt that it was our duty to find a solution to this problem. What we found was telemedicine. It is the next wave in healthcare because it’s a natural progression in the ever-changing digital world in which we live. Nearly everyone has a smartphone, computer or tablet. People want instant answers and instant access.

Convenience isn’t a luxury, it is a necessity. And if you can’t deliver, people will go elsewhere. Keeping all that in mind, and considering the many issues relative to access of care today, it’s no wonder that many consider telemedicine not only a viable, but a primary solution. Just look at it’s chief benefits:

  • Improved access
  • Cost savings
  • Quality and continuity of care
  • Patient satisfaction

Read the full list of benefits here

Tom Fontana, MSPT
Lauren Fournier, PT, DPT
Karolina Kozlova, PT, DPT
James Goodwin, PTA, CSCS
Cathy Leer, PT, MBA
Afthalia “Effie” Koustas, MSPT